“Preserve the evidence.” If there is any uneaten or unused portion left, place it in a ziploc back, seal it, date it and put it in a safe place in the refrigerator.
“Take pictures.” Take photographs of the food or product as soon as possible. Take pictures of the wrappers, packaging, receipt, bags, and any other items associated with the meal, product or food.
“Save the Paper.” Save the receipt, bill, credit card receipt, proof of purchase, and any other paper associated with the meal or product. In one case Herndon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau had against a major grocery chain, the store denied that the food came from their frozen food aisle. Super Lawyer Landau’s client was a “Super Saver” and he had not only the receipt for the pre-packaged dinner, but he also had the shopping bags that said, “EXTRA VALUE IN EVERY BAG” !
“Seek medical help immediately.” See your doctor. Alert the Health Department so that others are not poisoned or sickened. They may require blood, urine and/or stool samples. This may enable the authorities to track down the source of the contamination or defective food products. Virginia Trial Lawyer Doug Landau recommends that you do not delay treatment, medication or follow up appointments. At Abrams Landau, Ltd., we see too many cases where the delay in medical care also means that there is no competent medical or expert evidence to support or prove the claims of the injured victims. Furthermore, the Defense lawyers for the negligent food sellers, suppliers and manufacturers will contend that you failed to “mitigate your damages” if you do not take reasonable steps to take care of yourself and your family
.“Seek legal advice.” If you are disabled from work or your normal activities of daily living, call someone with experience with food poisoning and injury cases. Herndon Lawyer Doug Landau points out that delay in these cases can be fatal to the claim. Find out what your legal rights are and what deadlines apply to your case. The time limits vary from state to state to state. Plus, the Best Lawyers in America have access to state, local and nationwide groups, listServs on the Internet and networks of experts that can help you, prevent others from also getting injured and suffering needlessly and save you time and money.